Children drinking a glass of Enfagrow A Plus Mindpro, fostering better IQ development and EQ support for cognitive growth.

Ensuring your child's health and development is every parent's top priority. Providing your growing child with the best possible start in life is key. One way to achieve this is by nurturing their cognitive growth, encompassing both their IQ and EQ. While having a strong IQ equips them with excellent learning and problem-solving skills, a well-developed EQ helps them understand, manage, and utilise their emotions effectively.1

Numerous factors influence a child's intellectual and emotional intelligence, and parents can take steps to foster their growth. One such step involves supporting their brain development by providing children’s milk formula enriched with Milk Fat Globule Membrane (MFGM)2 and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), both of which contribute to positive cognitive and behavioural outcomes in children.  

But how do you choose the best milk for your child? Let's explore the following topics:

  • Why IQ and EQ are important for a child’s cognitive development

  • How Milk Fat Globule Membrane (MFGM) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) support children’s cognitive growth

  • Choosing between Enfagrow A+ MindPro and Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease

Parents all want what's best for their children, and it's not just about their physical well-being but also their mental development. And when it comes to cognitive growth, Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is only part of the equation. So, it’s important not to overlook the importance of Emotional Quotient (EQ). Also, did you know that a staggering 90 to 95% of brain development takes place before a child turns 5 to 6?3, 4


The Significance of IQ and EQ in Child Cognitive Development and Understanding Why Both IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient) are Vital for a Child's Cognitive Development

Healthy brain development is critical for your child as it sets the foundation for their overall cognitive growth and health. Thus, it’s important to give them the best IQ and EQ support. The significance of both Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) in a child's cognitive development cannot be overstated. While IQ reflects learning abilities and problem-solving skills, EQ encompasses emotional intelligence, including self-awareness and social skills. Together, they form a comprehensive framework for a child's overall cognitive growth. IQ aids in academic success, while EQ fosters emotional well-being and effective interpersonal relationships. A harmonious balance between the two is key for a child to navigate challenges, excel academically, and develop into a socially adept and emotionally resilient individual.5, 6


MFGM: The Key Ingredient for Cognitive Growth in Children

What is MFGM and how does it help with children’s IQ development? 

Milk Fat Globule (MFG) is an important component of milk, and it is surrounded by a tri-layer membrane, also known as the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM). The membrane has complex lipids that support the production of myelin sheath, which is important in enhancing the signal transmission between nerves.7

MFGM supplementation has been shown to help support cognitive development with fewer sick days, coupled with hygiene practice 2. In fact, it provides a five-year advantage – 12 months of MFGM supplementation can increase IQ by 5 points by the time a child reaches 5 and a half years of age.8

In addition to these benefits, MFGM has been shown to foster EQ support and contribute to the well-rounded growth of the child2. It also supports the immune system by reducing the risk of infections. MFGM likewise has benefits for the digestive system, as it appears to reduce episodes of diarrhoea.2


Expert DHA Level*: Fueling Cognitive Potential and EQ Support in Children

Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a type of omega-3 fatty acid. It’s crucial for brain development, not only during pregnancy but during childhood.

Like MFGM, DHA also helps with cognitive growth. It supports vital processes in the brain, such as myelination and the formation of synapses. These processes are essential for refining executive functions and cognitive abilities, including the development of emotional intelligence, and enhancing attention span and problem-solving skills.9

*FAO/WHO recommends a daily dietary DHA intake of 10–12 mg/kg body weight for children aged 12–24 months or 100–150 mg DHA+EPA for children aged 2-4 years old. Enfagrow A+ MindPro Step 3 provides 120mg of DHA with 3 servings per day. Reference: FAO 2010. Fats and fatty acids in human nutrition. Report of an expert consultation. FAO Food and Nutrition Paper No. 91. FAO: Rome. Enfagrow A+ MindPro and Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease have this expert recommended level of DHA.


Making the Right Choice for Your Child's IQ and EQ Support

Enfagrow A+ MindPro: With Nutrients to support  IQ and EQ Development

While genetics, home environment, and education play a role in IQ and EQ development, parents can also take proactive steps to support it. One way to do that is by providing children with the right nutrients to support IQ and EQ development. Enfagrow A+ MindPro formulated with a unique blend of two key components: MFGM (Milk Fat Globule Membrane) and expert DHA level*. MFGM works with DHA, an essential Omega-3 fatty acid, to effectively boost brain functional development and cognitive growth.10


Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease: With Partially Hydrolyzed Protein for Easy Digestion with IQ & EQ Support

Keeping a healthy tummy is also key to supporting your child’s learning. Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease is a great formula to support both digestion and brain development. It includes smaller, more easily digestible proteins and reduced lactose for smoother absorption.  It also has all the goodness of MFGM and expert recommended DHA levels compared to other growing up milk with partially hydrolysed proteins.^

With Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease, your child can get the IQ and EQ support they need from MFGM and DHA, while being easy on the tummy.


In Conclusion

Looking for the best milk for your child’s cognitive growth? Choose Enfagrow A+ MindPro. It has MFGM and expert DHA level* compared to other milk powder brands# for good EQ support and IQ development.

Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease, on the other hand, provides the same benefits of MFGM and expert DHA levels, but is specially formulated with smaller partially hydrolyzed proteins for easy digestion and with lower lactose compared to Enfagrow A+ formula.

In a world where every parent seeks the best for their child's IQ and EQ development, Enfagrow A+ MindPro and Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease emerge as dependable choices. These milk formula options offer the advantage your child needs with nutrients to support their IQ and EQ, paving the way for their success in their formative years and beyond.



Would you like to know more about how you can better support your child’s cognitive growth and which Enfagrow A+ MindPro is best for your child’s IQ and EQ development? Learn more here.

1.  Is IQ more important than EQ?

IQ, or Intelligence Quotient, measures a person’s learning, logical and problem-solving skills. On the other hand, EQ, or Emotional Quotient, is their ability to understand, use, and handle their emotions towards themselves or to others. One is not superior to the other because both IQ and EQ are important for holistic brain development. 

2.  How do MFGM and DHA help with IQ and EQ development?

Milk Fat Globule Membrane, or MFGM, is an important component found in milk that helps build and strengthen brain cell connections. It has also been shown to support immune health and the digestive system. DHA, or Docosahexaenoic Acid, on the other hand, is a type of omega-3 fatty acid widely studied for brain development and eye health. 

Both MFGM and DHA help cognitive growth by supporting EQ and IQ development.

3.  Which Enfagrow A+ MindPro is best for your child?

To get MFGM and DHA for IQ and EQ support, Enfagrow A+ MindPro is a good choice. If your child has a sensitive tummy, you may choose Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease.  

Sensitive tummy can be caused by a variety of circumstances. One of the reasons could be an inability to tolerate regular milk. When compared to ordinary milk, Enfagrow A+ Gentlease contains partially hydrolyzed protein that is easy to digest. Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease specifically has partially hydrolyzed protein (PHP), which can help ease digestion and stomach discomfort, making it a great milk formula choice for children 1 to 3 years old.

Both Enfagrow A+ MindPro and Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease have MFGM and DHA to support IQ and EQ development.

4.  Do the positive effects of MFGM last?

Drinking milk with MFGM has been shown to have positive long-term effects. In fact, 12 months of supplementation appears to increase a child’s IQ even beyond 5 years of age. 


Support your child’s IQ & EQ development and cognitive growth with Enfagrow A+ MindPro or Enfagrow A+ MindPro Gentlease. Learn more about them here

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Expert Resource:
Regina Victoria Boyles, MD
Pediatrics, Manila Doctors Hospital
Public Health Officer, Local Government Unit

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#As compared to key growing up milk brands in the market as of May 2023.
*FAO/WHO recommends daily dietary DHA intake of 10-12 mg/kg body weight for children 12-24 months or 100-150 mg DHA+EPA for children 2-4 years old.
^Compared to all growing up milk formulas with partially hydrolyzed proteins in the market as of Mar 2022.